A Leader in Fleet Rentals, Leasing, and Commercial Vehicle Management Solutions for 50 Years
Thomas Solutions is a leading commercial vehicle supplier to the heavy industrial, steel, construction, engineering, and tradesmen markets in Southern Ontario. We work hard to provide customized solutions for your business, including flexible financing solutions, vehicles customized to your needs, and outsourced fleet management. Let us know what you need to improve your fleet, and we can make it happen!
Our management team is passionate about two things – trucks and customers. Our manpower pool shares that passion. We form strong, flexible partnerships with our customers and collaborate to deliver meaningful cost-saving solutions. We are continually expanding our client base and range of operations to bring our unique work truck leasing and rental solutions to businesses of all sizes and industries.
Thomas Solutions, originally known as John Thomas Cartage Ltd., was founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 1967. In the beginning, John Thomas Cartage built strong, lasting relationships with Hamilton’s steel industry, servicing companies like Dofasco (now ArcelorMittal) and Stelco.
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1903 – D’Amico Family
As Canadians, our family dates back a century starting with four brothers who immigrated to Canada from the small, Southern Italian town of Pietragalla in the province of Potenza. First arrivng in Montreal, after a few twists and turns, they all settled in the Niagara Region. Athough this industrial heartland of Canada offered many employment opportunities in the steel mills, cotton mills, rubber plants and so on, the D’Amico brothers unlike many others, chose self-employment to take fullest advantage of this thriving new land of opportunity. The four brothers – Joe, Rocc, Sam & Tony.
1920 – Ice & Coal Business
The four brothers pooled their resources to sell and deliver ice for iceboxes in the summer months and coal for furnaces and stoves in the winter months.
The hard work of transporting by horse and wagon and delivering by hand when elevators were non-existent, proved to be a probitable also a disappearing business once electricity became more acailable and affordable. In the late 1930’s, the brothers started breaking out on thier own and increased their transport and delivery offerings to include bleach, solvents and other household needs.
1984 – The Third Generation
In 1984, Joey’s son, Joseph, joined the family trucking business bringing with him the desire to grow the business and move it into the 21st century. With capital hard to come by, in 1988 R&R and Intermetco, Canada’s largest and publicly traded recycling company, formed a joint venture for transportation and logistics services. By the early 1990’s, the fleet grew from a dozen or so power units to more than 100 units with terminals in Port Colborne, Stoney Creek, Markham and the docks in Toronto. Still desiring to grow the company, Joseph continued to add logistics services, industrial services, repairs and tire business, as well as, growing the base transportation services with dumps, luggers, roll offs, tankers and flatbeds. In 1994, the company moved headquarters from Port Colborne to their current location at 1818 Burlington Street in Hamilton, Ontario.
2006 – TransportCorp & Thomas Solutions
Joseph made a clean start when he began a private family group of companies under the umbrella of TransportCorp. While keeping the teams of the newly acquired companies, Douma, Vickerdsm Vanderhids, Pinkney and others, were now branded as “RIMS” with the TransportCorp.com.
Thomas Solutions was founded in Hamilton in 1967. Offers a variety of services such as work truck rentals, cartage, manpower, fleet management, service, LTL transportation and others. It was proudly added to the TransportCorp in 2006.
2012 – The Fourth Generation
Today, TransportCorp.com is a privately held family operation. With the addition of Joseph’s two children, Lauren and Nicholas, the D’Amico entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. With a clear focus on customer service and a dedication to transportation and the logistics business, the current group of companies will continue to grow.
2020 – Thomas Solutions
With new perspective management under Nicholas D’Amico, Thomas Solutions has entered the modern era. Modernizing in each single aspect Thomas Solutions strives to provide the best quality service to existing and new clients.
TransportCorp as it is today was built on the perseverance of the D’Amico family through a number of economic booms and busts. Their dedication to the business, and commitment to their customers is what has kept them focused on success.